The San Jose Earthquakes announced that they have signed defender Jason Hernandez and midfielder Sam Cronin to new contracts. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Cronin and Hernandez were regular starters during the club’s historic Supporters’ Shield run in 2012, helping set a new franchise mark for points in a season with 66. San Jose reached the Western Conference Semifinals with a 19-6-9 record, tops in MLS.Hernandez is one of two players on the Earthquakes’ current roster who were with the club during their 2008 expansion season. The stalwart defender ranks among the club’s top 10 all-time in games played (123), minutes played (10,847) and games started (122). He was a key piece on an Earthquakes back line that produced seven clean sheets in 2012.
Among the highlight moments for Hernandez last season was a game-winning assist in the club’s memorable 3-2 comeback win against the LA Galaxy at The Home Depot Center on May 23. He also picked up MLS Save of the Week honors after denying Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio with a header off the line in a 2-1 San Jose win at Rio Tinto Stadium on June 23.
“Jason has been an important part of this team,” said Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop. “You can always count on his work rate and his veteran presence both in the locker room and as a part of our back line. We’re happy to have him back in San Jose for seasons to come.”